Hurricane Hero Uses Big Yellow Bus To Rescue Animal Victims

Lori Ennis
by Lori Ennis
The devastating effects of Hurricane Florence continue to pound the east coast of the U.S., particularly the Carolinas. Animals often are the most vulnerable in natural disasters, and one heroic man decided he was going to do what he could to help.

Tony Alsup is a hero. Along with many, many others in the Carolinas, he’s bravely doing what he can, with what he has, to help creatures affected by the decimation that Hurrican Florence has brought to the U.S. east coast. He’s gone out with his old school bus rescuing what he calls ‘the leftovers,’ and the over 64 pets he’s rescued thus far are surely grateful.

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Alsup bought what many are calling a bARK for just this purpose. During Hurricane Harvey last year, he rescued shelter pets out of hurricane zones, knowing that often, they are left behind to fend for themselves. During Harvey, Alsup saw people begging for anyone who could help shelter animals who were in the path and as a truck driver, he offered to help with his semi-truck. A small mixup occurred–him thinking he’d take a few in his cab but actually taking dozens and dozens in his truck, but Alsup knew he’d found a new calling.

Alsup says he uses the old bus to find the ones no one wants–small and cute pets typically get rehomed easily but big dogs or ‘ugly’ dogs not so much. He loves them, he says, and finds them homes.

Posted by Tony Alsup on Friday, September 14, 2018

Alsup drove from his home state of Tennessee into South Carolina and filled the Bus with dogs and cats from area shelters. He loaded up 53 dogs and 11 cats from the South Carolina towns of North Myrtle Beach, Dillon, Georgetown and Orangeburg, and drove them to a shelter in Foley, Alabama. The animals will, in turn, be spread to shelters in the US and hopefully adopted soon into forever families.

Good morning everyone! We were extremely busy yesterday and today is about to be as well but WE LOVE IT!!!The team of…

Posted by Tony Alsup on Friday, September 14, 2018

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Tony says that he wants to look for fosters and forever homes for these rescues and will campaign for them as long as he can. He’s set up a direct link if you’d like to donate directly so that he can continue to help him with rescues as he and many of the volunteers are working on limited resources in areas with little food and water.

Posted by Tony Alsup on Sunday, September 16, 2018

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